JIM COLLIGAN FILE PHOTO | Hunters who live or own property in Riverhead Town can apply for a bow hunting lottery Sept. 16.
Riverhead Town will hold a bow hunting lottery on Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Town Board meeting room, according to Councilman George Gabrielsen.
Bow hunting of deer will be allowed at the Enterprise Park at Calverton and on 32 acres of town-owned land at 1751 Sound Ave. in Calverton.
Bow hunting season will run from Oct. 7 through Dec. 1, Mr. Gabrielsen said.
The lottery is limited to people who live or own property in Riverhead Town and applicants must show up at the Sept. 16 lottery in order to participate, he said. The town will not allow people to pick up hunting slots for others who are not present at the lottery, he said.
MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | One of two signs marking the EPCAL entrance along Route 25.
As you arrive at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, you’ll now be greeted by new signs.
The signs are located at the Route 25 and Grumman Boulevard entrances.
“It’s all part of branding the site so people will come, purchase property and set up businesses,” said Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter. “Before, a lot of people called it the former Grumman site, and some people called it EPCAL, but now they’ll know what that means.”
He said the town purchased the signs around December 2011, shortly after discussing the recommendations of a marketing study it had commissioned for the EPCAL site.
“Before, we had no signage, no identifications of the property,” Mr. Walter said.
The town waited for developer Jan Burman, who owns close to 500 acres in the industrial core of EPCAL, to finish the improvements on the intersection at the property’s Route 25 entrance before installing the signs, Mr. Walter said.
“It’s long awaited,” said Councilwoman Jodi Giglio.
The town installed an EPCAL entrance sign on Grumman Boulevard many years ago near the former gateway there, but since then, that entrance was closed because the roads behind it were privately owned.
After 15 years of searching for land and enough cash to build a YMCA recreational facility in Riverhead Town, it appears the Peconic YMCA has found a permanent home in Calverton.
The local nonprofit is partnering with the town, which will convey town land at the Enterprise Park at Calverton for the group to build the facility — should the measure be approved by the Town Board next month.
This is all happening with the backing and direct involvement of the larger YMCA of Long Island organization.
Peconic YMCA volunteers, Long Island YMCA and the donors who have pledged over $6 million toward this project should be applauded, not only for their steadfast drive to build such a place for Riverhead families to enjoy but also for their sensitivity to the needs and concerns of various communities that didn’t want such a facility in their backyards.
In recent years, when neighborhoods and civics rose up against Y proposals — such as at Tuthills Lane in Aquebogue or across from Vineyard Caterers on Main Road — the YMCA backed off, eventually. The Y did so in both instances on its own accord; no one forced the Y to start looking elsewhere. This is a clear sign that, all along, YMCA officials meant what they were saying: that they wanted to be a partner in the community, not an adversary. Somewhat lost in these battles was the fact that a YMCA built in the right location is good for any town and community. It offers health and wellness opportunities for seniors with its pool, and offers young families through child care and summer camp services. It gives young people a safe place to work, meet and socialize.
And that’s what will be coming to Calverton. This is a big win for the town, and well worth the land it’s giving up.
The Riverhead Town Board recognizes this as well. Since all the board members are in agreement, Supervisor Sean Walter said this week that he’d like to approve the measure at the Town Board’s first meeting in August. Here’s hoping that this time, nothing gets in the way.
BARBARALLEN KOCH PHOTO | Pet owners will have to wait a little longer to take their dogs to Riverhead's first dog park.
The opening of Riverhead’s first town dog park has been delayed a second time, town officials announced Friday.
The dog park, a fenced-in area near the new baseball fields at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, was scheduled to hold a grand opening Saturday, May 12. But the ceremony has been pushed back because poor weather delayed improvements that were supposed to be made at the site, said Town Councilman James Wooten.
Mr. Wooten said the dog park is expected to open “soon.”
The park was originally scheduled to open April 28, but was delayed because paving work in the new park’s parking lot wasn’t finished yet.
Access to the site is restricted until the paving work is completed.